toss a coin

toss a coin

1. Literally, to throw a coin into the air, with the outcome of something dependent on which side of the coin lands face-up. My brother and I used to toss a coin to decide everything when we were kids.
2. By extension, to give something over to chance, especially when two outcomes are equally likely. At this point, we're just tossing a coin whether the car will get us the whole way to Denver or not.
See also: coin, toss
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toss a ˈcoin


ˈtoss for something

(especially British English) (also flip a ˈcoin, ˈflip for something usually both American English ) throw a coin in the air in order to decide something: Right, who’s going to wash the dishes tonight? Shall we toss a coin?
Before the coin is thrown, one person chooses either ‘heads’ (= the side of the coin marked with a head) or ‘tails’ (= the other side). If the side chosen lands upwards this person wins the toss and the other person loses.
See also: coin, toss
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After failing to meet an agreement over the right candidate for a reserved seat for women in the Balochistan Assembly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Balochistan National Party (BNP) have decided to toss a coin, media reports said.
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In Barangay Agnonoc in Ferrol, a sixth-class fishing town, candidates Angelito Gara and Lorna Gervacio agreed to toss a coin after both got 126 votes in Monday's barangay elections and tied for the seventh seat in the village council.
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